Puff pastries with ham and cream cheese

 

Preparation : 1 hour                                                             Cooking time: 30 minutes                                                 Servings : 16 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients :

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small leek, chopped, washed and drained
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup cooked ham, diced
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated, e. g. Gruyère
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water

Preparation : 

 

  1. Melt butter with oil in a sauté pan set over a medium heat.
  2. Add leek and a pinch of salt, sweating until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 16" x 16" x 0.125" thick rectangle.
  4. Spread with the cream cheese, stopping about 1" from the border along one side. Arrange the sweated leek, ham and cheese on top.
  5. Starting from the side with the 1" bare border, roll up the pastry into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 1 hour.
  6. After chilling, preheat the oven to 190°C (170° fan) | 375F | gas 5. Cut the pastry log into 1" thick slices and place flat on baking sheets, spaced apart.
  7. Brush the tops of the pastries with the beaten egg wash. Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through, until golden-brown and puffed.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheets before serving.